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Old Dec 5th, 2011, 05:13 AM   1
stardust599
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13 month old suddenly screaming at naps/bedtime?


Why why why?

My 13 month old has always been a reasonable sleeper since 7months when we did CC. Even if she's been quite restless and woke a lot through the night or at 5am she's been happy to go to bed anytime and lie in her cot quietly.

Anyway, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday she had a sickness bug and I was letting her sleep on me, in bed etc. which she's never really had before since she was very young.

Now since Saturday she's been fine and back to her usual self but she hates the cot. She screams as soon as I put her down on it! She doesn't cry for long but it's still horrible. I normally spend about half an hour trying to settle her but she won't sleep if I'm in the room - she's quite happy to roll about, blowing raspberries and making noises at me but as soon as I tuck her in and walk away she screams. It doesn't last long - maybe 1 minute hard crying and then on and off little crying for another 4 or 5 minute but I hate it If I go back in to lie her down she screams blue murder at me. Most of the time it's not even a cry it's just a scream like "RAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHH. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" type thing. Once she's asleep she sometimes wakes and does it again 30mins later but generally doesn't wake again all night.

Yesterday afternoon she wouldn't nap so OH cuddled her into the couch and they slept that way instead again and then bedtime yesterday and this morning's nap were the worst ever even though I know she is tired

What do you think is wrong? Do you think it's just cos she knows there's another option for sleep now? Or is it because she was sick in the cot twice?

It's so stressful!



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2011, 07:15 AM   2
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No ideas

She didn't go to sleep at all this morning.

Too tired to eat lunch properly!

I put her back down at 1pm after doing a little wind down and waiting on her rubbing her eyes again but she still screamed blue murder when we went into her room. She seems quiet now but I have no idea if she's gone to sleep.

She's happy when awake but tired! She just seems to be too excited and on the go for sleeping just now but she needs it? Fighting a losing battle!

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Old Dec 5th, 2011, 07:26 AM   3
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We went through the same just last week! He was quite ill and couldn't go to sleep on his own, I let him sleep with me so I could help him with his coughing and calm him when he coughed so badly he vomited or cried. Anyway..... all of a sudden - you guess what. He wouldn't go to sleep on his own anymore and cried awfully, for up to 30 minutes, when I put him in the cot by his own and left the room. In the end I had to just let him cry a few times, I also hate hate hate it, but it worked and now he is much more rested. He got so tired when napping only with me that he was cranky the whole day long and whiny and unhappy. Today he slept two big day sleeps and was a happy baby again, so I just have to remind myself that it is worth it (the crying), and push through. Does me good to have the break/own bed and he needs it for his own health and happiness, too.
Good luck, I KNOW it is very very hard.
I actually like cuddling him sometimes when he sleeps, but it seems that for him it is either all or nothing - I have to be totally consistent otherwise he gets out of his good habits very quickly and becomes reliant on my presence for settling again. I miss the cuddles and him stroking me, but it seems I can't have it all.



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2011, 09:51 AM   4
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That's exactly it for my LO - it's all or nothing. She wouldn't cuddle into me for a nap and then be happy to go to bed on her own. When she's been ill before I've always put her to her own bed and she's never minded. But this is the first time she was vomiting so I wanted to keep her where I could see her.

It did work, she cried 5mins, slept for 2hours and has woke up much happier! I expect she'll cry at bedtime again! Thank you, even just a bit of reassurance that someone else would do the same helps xx



 
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